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Hopefully, when I do start college... it will be a decent experience.
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It's interesting to hear people's experience, especially since I see it a lot now that I'm a college instructor. If people would like some tips:

1. For those who are thinking of colleges to apply to, seriously look into small colleges instead of big universities. I went to a small college and teach at a large university that's undergoing budget cuts and I can see how students are being shortchanged on a quality education. I was never taught by a TA in undergrad, just professors.

2. Go to class! If you are already in a large university chances are you've been put in one of those massive lectures where you can't even ask that many questions. These are awful and I'm strongly against them, but realize the necessity. In the course I teach, we take attendance but don't grade it, but when we run the statistics at the end of the course, the students with the lowest grades are mostly the ones who had poor attendance. So go to class. And stop texting and facebooking through it.

3. Go to office hours. There have been semesters when not a single student has come to my office hours. I sit there waiting for students with questions and no one shows up. Not only do you get extra time with the instructor/professor in office hours, but it's much easier to fail a faceless name than a student who has really shown effort. Going to office hours means that your instructor is actually seeing that you put forth an effort to do well.

4. Do extra work outside of class. Sometimes professors suck, and no one can do anything about it because they have tenure. If there's a topic you don't understand, somewhere someone has explained it better. Check Youtube for videos about it and hit the library for books on the topic. You'll probably come a cross a book or a video that can explain it to you in a way you can understand.

5. Stay on top of administrative deadlines. Don't be ashamed to drop a course and retake it a later, but do it early.


6. Hard work pays, not intelligence. This is for those people that had no problem in high school and always did well with minimal effort. You got in, of course you're smart. But that will only get you so far. In life you have to learn how to struggle gracefully. Sometimes when people get their first C they start stressing out because they have doubts about their abilities. Nope, you're fine it just means you have to learn how to learn. It really sucks to have to learn this in college because there's no class you can take on that.

7. When you decide a major PLEASE look into the job prospects for it. Like seriously, go to the job boards in your field and see what's available. Try and find the salary ranges. Too few students do this and too many departments graduate more students than there are jobs. Also know that when you have a Bachelor's degree you will most likely get entry level jobs. No one is going to think you're an expert on anything with just a B.A. degree and no experience. It is entirely possible that you will have to get a job in an unrelated field. Figure out if you'll be comfortable with that.

8. Make your summers productive. Take a summer class or look for relevant jobs, internships or volunteer opportunities in your field. By the time you graduate you'll most likely some connections to help you with a job in the future.


All spelling errors are due to my laziness.
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i spent it holed up in my dorm room on an online game & talking to someone i then considered marriageable material lol

also realized that i can't art
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My first YEAR of college sucked. I breezed through high school and had to learn the hard way through college. I failed classes cause I didn't attend and never cared, and thought that I would pass because I was 'smart' enough since I was valedictorian of my HS class. Definitely not the case, especially in a very large university where there are tons of intelligent students who are more than willing to devote 95% of their time to working hard for good grades.

Regardless, I failed out of my University and got a job and worked for 2+ years. I essentially had to reapply when I felt that the time was right and do tons of paper work, etc. to get back in. I'm back, working harder than ever now, but it's always a little disappointing when I realize that all of my friends have graduated already, or are preparing to graduate this year, while I still have another 2 years or so left.

There's no time line though! Go to class and do your work and you will succeed.
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It went great. Good grades, met new people, freedom, great experience overall.
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I just finished my first year of college and I gotta say that it really is completely different from high school. The biggest struggle for me when I started my first semester was getting over homesickness, and for good reason. I had lived in Alabama ever since I was four years old. I moved there from New Hampshire because of my dad's job, so Alabama became my home. When picking colleges I did, however, wanted to go somewhere far away because I am very adventurous and I really wanted to go somewhere back in New England because that is where my family is from and I was born there too. I ended up picking a small university in northern Maine that is literally out in the middle of nowhere on the Canadian border ^^". So obviously my homesickness was intense. I also had to get used to the difference in the schoolwork because in college, you actually have to study and learn, unlike in high school where you can pass easily with little to no effort.

I do have to say that my first semester of college was more difficult than my second. My grades weren't where they could have been and again, I had to get over my homesickness. My second semester, however, was so much better and fun because I loved every one of my classes and made excellent grades, I had by then joined 3 clubs and they campus's only sorority, so I made A LOT of friends!!! Overall, my first semester could have been better, but my second semester was fun and worth it to go in the first place!!! :)

Overall, I have a few tips and advice to give those who are about to enter college.

- First, try to pick and go to a small college like I did because it's less confusing to find the right buildings and find your classes and its less stressful.
- Second, GO TO YOUR CLASSES because missing a class could mean the end to getting a good grade in that class. I never had a problem with that cuz I never missed my classes, but everyone should attend every class so you don't miss any important information, we are there to learn after all.
- Third, join as many clubs and organizations as you think you can handle because it gives you the opportunity to makes tons of new friends and it gives you the opportunity to get to know the university better. Also, it can help with homesickness by keeping you busy so you can keep your mind off of the fact that you are so far away. I know this by experience.
- Fourth, ACTUALLY STUDY!!! I cannot stress this enough, especially when I have a hard time getting myself to study for tests. I wasn't a good test taker in high school, and those bad habits came with me to college and lowered my grades in my first semester, so I had to study and work my butt off in the second semester in order to get amazing grades to balance out the bad ones before. Just study a little bit everyday and you won't have to stress or worry about passing or failing your classes

I hope everyone has a great time in their first year of college and I hope that I helped at least a little bit!!!
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- First, try to pick and go to a small college like I did because it's less confusing to find the right buildings and find your classes and its less stressful.
- Second, GO TO YOUR CLASSES because missing a class could mean the end to getting a good grade in that class. I never had a problem with that cuz I never missed my classes, but everyone should attend every class so you don't miss any important information, we are there to learn after all.
- Third, join as many clubs and organizations as you think you can handle because it gives you the opportunity to makes tons of new friends and it gives you the opportunity to get to know the university better. Also, it can help with homesickness by keeping you busy so you can keep your mind off of the fact that you are so far away. I know this by experience.
- Fourth, ACTUALLY STUDY!!! I cannot stress this enough, especially when I have a hard time getting myself to study for tests. I wasn't a good test taker in high school, and those bad habits came with me to college and lowered my grades in my first semester, so I had to study and work my butt off in the second semester in order to get amazing grades to balance out the bad ones before. Just study a little bit everyday and you won't have to stress or worry about passing or failing your classes



I mean, you only have to look for your classes once on the first day of the semester. I do agree that it's important to attend class and actually study. Getting involved in the school's clubs and organizations are also important for networking, getting advice from upperclassmen, and adding leadership skills to your resume.
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Twas great <3 As long as you keep up with your work you'll have a good time.
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it was okay passed all my classes its hard finding time to study between work school n trying have some fun too over all was good just hate my roommates their not very clean or show respect hate douches that think their better than u cant wait till i graduate though
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1st semester of college for me...

I failed Calculus I.
Failed Chemistry 109.
Decided I wanted to change my major (which was Mechanical Engineering).
And I wound up on Academic Probation with one semester to get my grades back up, or I got kicked out of college.

So overall, a great learning experience. I don't think I need to express how much it sucked, though.
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kmj2000 wrote:

It's interesting to hear people's experience, especially since I see it a lot now that I'm a college instructor. If people would like some tips:

1. For those who are thinking of colleges to apply to, seriously look into small colleges instead of big universities. I went to a small college and teach at a large university that's undergoing budget cuts and I can see how students are being shortchanged on a quality education. I was never taught by a TA in undergrad, just professors.

2. Go to class! If you are already in a large university chances are you've been put in one of those massive lectures where you can't even ask that many questions. These are awful and I'm strongly against them, but realize the necessity. In the course I teach, we take attendance but don't grade it, but when we run the statistics at the end of the course, the students with the lowest grades are mostly the ones who had poor attendance. So go to class. And stop texting and facebooking through it.

3. Go to office hours. There have been semesters when not a single student has come to my office hours. I sit there waiting for students with questions and no one shows up. Not only do you get extra time with the instructor/professor in office hours, but it's much easier to fail a faceless name than a student who has really shown effort. Going to office hours means that your instructor is actually seeing that you put forth an effort to do well.

4. Do extra work outside of class. Sometimes professors suck, and no one can do anything about it because they have tenure. If there's a topic you don't understand, somewhere someone has explained it better. Check Youtube for videos about it and hit the library for books on the topic. You'll probably come a cross a book or a video that can explain it to you in a way you can understand.

5. Stay on top of administrative deadlines. Don't be ashamed to drop a course and retake it a later, but do it early.


6. Hard work pays, not intelligence. This is for those people that had no problem in high school and always did well with minimal effort. You got in, of course you're smart. But that will only get you so far. In life you have to learn how to struggle gracefully. Sometimes when people get their first C they start stressing out because they have doubts about their abilities. Nope, you're fine it just means you have to learn how to learn. It really sucks to have to learn this in college because there's no class you can take on that.

7. When you decide a major PLEASE look into the job prospects for it. Like seriously, go to the job boards in your field and see what's available. Try and find the salary ranges. Too few students do this and too many departments graduate more students than there are jobs. Also know that when you have a Bachelor's degree you will most likely get entry level jobs. No one is going to think you're an expert on anything with just a B.A. degree and no experience. It is entirely possible that you will have to get a job in an unrelated field. Figure out if you'll be comfortable with that.


8. Make your summers productive. Take a summer class or look for relevant jobs, internships or volunteer opportunities in your field. By the time you graduate you'll most likely some connections to help you with a job in the future.


All spelling errors are due to my laziness.



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My First year of college went so good that I had to withdraw my second semester. YES THAT GOOD and YES THAT BAD. NO REGRETS on the right path now.
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Right now, I'm attending a community college, and finished my first year at the end of May.

Initially, my very first semester was pretty stressful since I was entering college straight out of high school. Sometimes, I would get so stressed that I would hardly eat anything that day. As the weeks went by, I started to settle in and the semester became pretty chill. I got A's and B's in my classes without much trouble, though they were more time consuming than high school.

My second semester felt pretty awful in my opinion. I had a heavier course load. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I had classes from 8 AM to 6:30 PM (with a couple of two hour breaks in between).

One of my classes was a chemistry class that met on Tuesdays from 9:40 AM to 11 AM, Thursdays from 9:40 AM to 11 AM AND from 12:10 PM to 3:00 PM (This was the lab section, but if you managed to finish the lab early, you could leave early.), and on Fridays from 11:10 AM to 12:00 PM. It was so frustrating trying to fit that class in my schedule. During the labs, you had to show the chemistry professor your lab notebook after you completed the lab. He was one of the most strictest people I've ever met. I was always a nervous wreck whenever I presented my notebook to the professor, fearing that he would give me a stern "Do it again!" command.

My worst class that semester would have to be Calculus II though. It was an 8 AM class that met every day. I was struggling with a good amount of the concepts and trying to stay awake early in the morning didn't help either. I ended up getting a C in the class, but in my eyes, I barely survived.

I'm looking forward to the upcoming fall semester though, since I'm going to be taking an anime and manga class.
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My first semester of college was a breeze. Way better (and in many aspects, easier) than high school. It was in later years that I started running up against some truly difficult courses. Even then, still more manageable than high school, and the quality of the teachers and teaching methods are far better. I've also been fairly lucky with my roommate situations all these years, so no real horror stories there.
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sosarx wrote:

It went great. Good grades, met new people, freedom, great experience overall.


^ Agreed.

My only worry was that teachers desperately wanted me to choose my major.
That's not an easy decision and it caused me a lot of anxiety.
But one of my teachers told me it didn't really need to be chosen the first year.
Just take classes that seem interesting and find something you like.
Now, I'm going for a double major and a minor.
It seems like my first semester was so long ago even though I started college in 2011.
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My 1st year was awesome and insanely easy. Might just be because I got really cool professors and got all the classes I needed/wanted at times/days that made sense. And with the schedule I have for this coming fall semester, it looks as if its gonna be the same thing again which im EXTREMELY happy about.
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